Acratech Leveling Base

Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)

Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)

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Acratech Leveling Base

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The Acratech Leveling Base is a leveling base that fits between the tripod (or stand) and the tripod head, and can be used with any tripod that features a 3/8" head screw. This device allows for the photo or video head to be quickly leveled, independently from the tripod.

At its center is an oilless and greaseless ball that will not attract or hold dirt and debris. It allows 10° movement in any direction, and features smooth knob action for easy and secure positioning.

Precision bull's eye bubble level provides accurate positioning
Ball will not shift when tightened
Satin black anodized finish
All knobs are captive so they cannot fall off accidentally
Low profile design-just 1.77" (45mm) tall not including the 3/8"-16 threaded screw
2.4" (60mm) Base & top diameter(excluding the knob and bubble level)
Precision C.N.C. machining
Made in the U.S.A.
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Acratech Leveling Base, with 3/8" Tripod Thread - Supports 25 lb (11.4 kg)
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    Acratech 1117 Specs

    Load Capacity 25 lb (11.4 kg)
    Control Range 10° movement in any direction
    Height 1.77" (45mm)
    Weight 8 oz (240 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.755 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.75 x 4.35 x 3.4"

    Acratech 1117 Reviews

    Leveling Base is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 65.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bit of a disappointment I use this for panos under a Manfrotto 410 geared head. It's sort of a half-ball design, and you tighten it by tightening a knob, just like on a ball head. It's very solid once it's set, and it has a nice big bubble level, but I find it difficult to level it with a moderately heavy head and camera. Although you can induce some drag by tightening the knob a bit, it's very finicky -- a slight turn on the knob locks the head quickly. As one other reviewer noted, the base moves a bit when you tighten the knob, which is frustrating. I'm going to try a Manfrotto 338 QVH, which uses three adjustable thumb screws to level the base rather than a half-ball.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For a quick leveling of your tripod The bottom of the Acratech leveling base must be screwed to the tripod. Tripod legs should be adjusted to reach a suitable height and almost level. The fine tuning for a level camera is done with the Acratech leveling base. the top can then be either screwed directly to the camera body or to any other Acratech ballhead (including the panoramic head). Leveling of the tripod is much faster, thanks to the large and well visible bubble level, only one knob to turn. Very useful for shooting panoramas or architecture related shots. Solidly built and compact. I would definitely recommend this product.Well worth the price, as it will last many years.
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for lightweight travel video head I shoot mostly video and have looked in vain for a reasonable solution to the problem of heavy video heads/mounts while travelling. While this solution is certainly compromised relative to a good fluid head mounted in the bowl of a heavy tripod, I have finally found a reasonable compromise that can be packed and carried in a regular sized camera bag: - A large Joby gorillapod 'Focus' + this Acratech levelling base + a Gitzo G2180 Series 1 Fluid Head I will not be doing pans & tilts at 600mm but for normal focal length use this set up works pretty well. That 10 levelling ability makes the rig quick to set up and workable.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for large tripod heads I used the base with a Markins Q3 initially but when I upgraded to a Really Right Stuff BH-55, I was no longer able to use the base and had to return it. The size of the BH-55 actually covers up the bubble level on the base and made the base unusable. So I would have to recommend the Gitzo systematic leveling base instead. Other than that it's a bit difficult to use at first since there is no tension knob and your equipment's weight is suddenly in your hands. In terms of build quality this is top notch.
    Date published: 2010-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A permanent tripod resident The positive reviews posted are spot on. I encountered the leveler mounted under the ball head on a tripod of a photo class instructor. The class had nothing to do with equipment, let alone leveling tripods, so I had to ask what that thing was. I decided that I'd afford the leveler in lieu of moving legs up and down to center my tripod's little bubble for panorama shots. The leveler is a USA product and seems exceptionally well made. I have it mounted under my Manfrotto 488 head and with it and a bubble level in the flash shoe I can quickly level for panos. If your present head is ready for replacement, I suggest that you consider Acratech's head that includes a leveling device.
    Date published: 2009-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly useful I bought this to use with a small HD camcorder (Canon XA10) on carbon fiber legs (Feisol) with a fluid head (Manfrotto 701HDV). I have to have a lightweight system for travel, and this really shaved the weight off of a full bowl system. Leveling is fast and easy, and locks in rock-solid once in place. The bubble is bright and easy to see. I found it to have plenty of range of motion shooting outside on uneven ground. It worked well and saved me a lot of leveling adjustment time. My only annoyance is that it can sometimes be hard to find the adjustment knob in fast setups, not something you can do much about with a leveler that isn't a full bowl system. I may try putting red fingernail polish on the knob to make it easily visible. Beautifully constructed, and highly recommended.
    Date published: 2012-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leveling Base by Acratech This is a robust, and very secure level base that allows me to set up a tripod shot quickly on rough terrain. I am very pleased with the positive hold this base has while using large lenses. I feel the Aratech level base is a great add to any photographers tripod work in the field.
    Date published: 2008-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product The base is light, very effective, and reasonably priced. It is a fantastic product for multi-shot panoramas for stitching. It speeds up the process of levelling the tripod head alot, so that when you pan, the camera remains level. I love the base, and keep it on my tripod all the time. I consider it an essential tripod accessory.
    Date published: 2008-11-06
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    Has anybody bought this to use with the GP ballheads (which already have a levelling feature)?My GP-SS when inverted should be able to do level panoramas but if I need to tilt the ballhead up or down (while maintaining a level pan) I believe this levelling base is required as the ballhead base would need to be levelled first in order to rotate on a level horizon.
    Asked by: Jon h.
    I have both, the GP and ACLLB larger leveling base. Even though the GP does have the pano feature, the leveling base makes everything so much easier. I leave it on my tripod all the time and any ball head or pano head I use goes on top of it.
    Answered by: Bob S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this allow for rotation as well as tilt? I want to put it between a tripod and slider, but I can't tell if it will let me adjust the pan configuration relative to the legs as well as leveling.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it does.
    Answered by: Brian W.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Has anyone tried this on the Sirui T-2205X tripod?
    Asked by: Rory P.
    I use it on a Sirui N-2204X, happy with it.
    Answered by: Brian W.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    Are there TABLE TOP TRIPODs that are compatible ...

    Are there TABLE TOP TRIPODs that are compatible with this leveling base? preferably carbon fiber, but those are pricey.
    Asked by: Roger
    Fits nicely on the Feisol 3401 and 3402 but have also used it on the larger Feisol monopods such as the 3471. There is a second Acratech levelling base with a larger diameter base that fits larger tripods and monopods.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-01-30


    What is the max. diameter ball head that would fit on this without obscuring the bubble level?
    Asked by: Paul
    A base of 2.75 would just touch the edge fo the center circle on the level
    Answered by: James H.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    What is the diameter of the platform for mounting ballhead?
    Asked by: Wu L.
    2.25 inches
    Answered by: Brian W.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    does this work with all tripods?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No. There are multiple versions of Acratech leveling bases. Buy the version appropriate for the tripod you wish to use it with. Almost all tripods come with a top mounting stud. These studs are either 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch, both of which are standard sizes in photography. You have to know the size of the mounting stud on your tripod (the most common is 3/8 because it is more secure than 1/4) and buy the leveling base in the matching size. I find the Acratech leveling base to be a terrific product - relatively small, well made, and easy to use.
    Answered by: Jeff G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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